December 26, 2016
The future can be scary. No one can be 100% sure, when leaving home in the morning, that they’ll return. Our lives can be changed forever with a phone call or an unexpected event. If we dwell on uncertainty, we’ll quickly spiral down in a vortex of worry and anxiety – to a place no one wants to be.
Thank God, He gives us assurance for the future in His word. No matter what happens, as Christ followers He assures us that…
- Nothing will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:36-39)
- He goes before us and will never leave us. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- He Himself holds our hand and encourages us. (Isaiah 41:13)
- He renews His compassion and unfailing love every morning, because He is faithful. (Lamentations 3:22,23)
With countless other truths, God gives assurance for the future. If you are anxious or stressed, stand on His truth! And remember… “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)
As we step into a new year, let’s remember that no matter what, our God gives assurance for the future! AMEN!
(Thank you for following me during 2016 in my quest to know God better. We’ve just scratched the surface, and I hope you keep digging deeper in His word to discover more of Him. God bless you in 2017!)
October 3, 2016
Walking down a country road, a traveler was struggling under the heavy load he was carrying on his back. When a kind farmer saw the man, he stopped and offered him a ride on his wagon. Both the farmer and his horse waited patiently while the traveler got settled. A few minutes later, the farmer looked back and noticed that the colossal bundle was still on the traveler’s back, and asked him, “Why are you still carrying that heavy load?” the burdened man answered, “I thought it would be too much for the wagon. I’ll carry it.” Unfortunately, the man didn’t get relief from his back-breaking load because he didn’t trust the wagon.
Sometimes we’re like that foolish man. Our cumbersome load may be impossible to carry; we stagger through our days under its weight. Maybe we even pray about it, but keep trying to shoulder it on our own. We find no relief. The Psalmist encourages us in Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.”
Let’s not be like the traveler on the wagon. Let’s lay our heavy burden down on the only One who is kind enough and strong enough to carry it. Our God CAN carry our burdens. Ahhh…what a relief!
(Join me every Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better!)
July 18, 2016
Recently I discovered that a “baker’s dozen” didn’t start out as a gesture of generosity. It was a safeguard implemented by British breadmakers around 1260, because they were being accused of shorting their customers with skimpy loaves.
Our God – unlike those British breadmakers – is genuinely generous, and we find evidence of that truth all throughout the Bible. Here are some examples:
God’s love has been poured out in our hearts. (Romans 5:5)
God made the riches of His grace abound toward us. (Ephesians 1:7)
God is abundant in mercy to all who call on Him. (Psalm 86:5)
God abundantly forgives all who return to Him. (Isaiah 55:7)
The greatest proof of God’s generosity is found in the word “whoever”. In John 3:16 we read: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” No person is outside the “whoever” group. God’s generous love for all mankind motivated Him to offer eternal life in Jesus; because His invitation is also generous, whoever believes in Jesus can enjoy our God’s generosity forever.
Maybe your local bakery doesn’t give you the 13th donut; that’s OK. (They aren’t very good for you anyway…) You can be sure of this undeniable truth: our God is genuinely generous. He gives us much more than an extra donut, and we are eternally thankful for that!
(Join me each Monday of 2016 as I share what I’m learning on my quest to know God more.)
July 11, 2016
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble.” Nahum 1:7
When things are going good for us, it’s easy to acknowledge that our God is good. Then we hit a bump in the road, or suffer a devastating collision with the reality of how hard life can really be. Do we still say “God is good” with the same conviction? When our days turn into weeks, months, years or decades and nothing improves…do we cling to the truth that God is good?
Joni Ericson Eareckson Tada suffered a spinal cord injury in 1967 that left her quadriplegic. Doing the math, we calculate that to be over 17,000 consecutive days of trouble. Joni suffers unbearable pain, along with all the complications of paralysis. Even so, she lives a very productive life, ministering to suffering people around the world, quick to testify that “Life is hard, but God is good.”
Yes, our God is good all the time; our circumstances will never alter that eternal truth. God doesn’t stop being good when we suffer a “day of trouble” and become good again when our situation improves. Nothing will ever change the truth that God is good. Let’s choose to believe that our God is good all the time. Worship Him with the Gaither Vocal Band as they sing “God is Good All the Time.” https://youtu.be/Yinlrj4fi-k
(Join me every Monday of 2016 as I share my quest to know God better.)